Apple iMac Core i5 2.7 21.5-Inch (Late 2013)

An Attractive Option for Professionals and Casual Users Alike

The powerful iMac series of all-in-one desktop computers shines brightly in Apple’s lineup as yet another feat of versatility and performance. Arguably one of the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing desktops in existence, the iMac has since its genesis been an attractive option for professionals and casual users alike.

Available over the years in 17″, 20″, 24″, and more recently 21.5″ and 27″ display sizes, with screaming fast Intel processors, top-of-the-line consumer graphics options, and plenty of RAM and hard drive configurations, the iMac can be configured to excel at nearly any task.

From graphic design to programming, from video editing to writing, from business to photography, and — yes — even gaming! The iMac’s have more than enough display space that even the avid multitasker will feel at home, and its sheer speed and power won’t fail to please those engaged in intensive work or play. 

When the recent, tapered edge iMacs were released and Apple decided to forgo inclusion of an optical disk drive in further models, they also saw fit to make it significantly more difficult to upgrade the RAM and hard drive. However, this resulted in a far sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing case design.

Perfect for the home and the office, the iMac has seen heavy use in nearly every avenue of personal computing.

Stable, sleek, versatile — the iMac is yet another example of Apple’s transcendent, artfully engineered personal computers.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The iMac Core i5 2.7 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Late 2013/Haswell) features a 22 nm Haswell/Crystalwell Quad Core 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 (4570R) processor with four independent processor cores on one chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (not intended to be upgradeable), a 1 TB (5400 RPM) hard drive, and an Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics processor with 128 MB of “Crystalwell” embedded DRAM (and shared system memory). It also has a built-in FaceTime HD webcam and stereo speakers, but does not have an optical drive.

This model has a vibrant 21.5″ 1920×1080 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display with the cover glass fully laminated to the LCD and anti-reflective coating. The rear of the case is aluminum, is thicker in the middle, and tapers to razor thin 5 mm edges.

Connectivity includes dual Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible), and Bluetooth 4.0.

2.7 GHz Core i5 (I5-4570R)
8 GB 16 GB
Iris Pro 5200 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
1 GB 1 GB
Details: Apple provides no details regarding the video system on this model beyond “Intel Iris Pro graphics.” However, Intel reports that the Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics processor shares 1 GB of memory with the system for graphics function, but also has 128 MB of “Crystalwell” embedded DRAM on the CPU package to provide more memory bandwidth than earlier integrated graphics solutions.
21.5″ 16:9 Widescreen 1920×1080
Details: This model has a 21.5″ LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with IPS technology and a native resolution of 1920×1080. Apple also reports that the “cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied.” The company does not report viewing angle or contrast ratio.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600 (x2)
Details: This model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt.
1 TB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)/PCIe
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11ac 4.0
4 (3.0) None
SDXC SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse/Trackpad
All-in-One 21.5″ iMac Late 2012
ME086LL/A Late 2013
A1418 (EMC 2638) iMac14,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1418 Model Number, the 2638 EMC Number, and the iMac14,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.8.4 (12E4022) Current
Original Price (US): $1299

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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